Although for most young people the experience of participating in sport activity is very positive, there is also a risk that some young people will be harmed as a direct result of their participation in the activity. This may be as a result of an accident, poor practice or abuse by adults or other young people, or bullying by other young people involved in the activity. To reduce the likelihood of children and young people being harmed and ensure young people have a positive experience, it is vital that activity providers (clubs, organisations and individuals) have in place and implement safeguarding policies, procedures and guidance. This will help ensure that all sports activities take place in a safe environment where everyone involved in the provision of the activity fully understands their responsibility to promote and safeguard the welfare of all children.
On this page we are aiming to provide some best practice advice for clubs and sport/physical activity organisations.
The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and Sport England have developed national standards for safeguarding and protecting children in sport, you can download these standards here
Below are a selection of good practice guides from the CPSU and other partner organisations: